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Serena Williams apologizes for saying Steubenville rape victim was ‘lucky’

World number one Serena Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam singles champion preparing to defend her title at Wimbledon, made an apology on Wednesday for comments in Rolling Stone magazine about a rape case. Williams was quoted regarding a case in Steubenville, Ohio, in a story about her posted online on…

Associated Press CEO: Sources will no longer speak to us because of phone monitoring

The US government’s secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a “chilling effect” on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP’s top executive said Wednesday. “Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us,” AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in…

Serena Williams on Steubenville victim-blaming remarks: They were ‘insensitive and hurtful’

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian World No 1 says of interview in Rolling Stone: ‘What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful’ Serena Williams has issued a statement in response to a furore created by her remarks regarding the Steubenville high school football rape case. In a Rolling…

NASA Cassini probe to photograph Earth from 898 million miles away

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft will take an image of Earth from 1.44bn kilometres away. From there, our planet will look like the expected images of alien earths around other stars Nasa takes pictures of Earth all the time – but not like this. The Cassini spacecraft is in orbit around Saturn,…

European space agency enlists Russia to search for life on Mars

By Irene Klotz PARIS (Reuters) – The European Space Agency signed final contracts with Thales Alenia Space Italy for work on a pair of missions to assess if the planet Mars has or ever had life, officials said at the Paris Airshow this week. Until last year, the ExoMars program…

U.S. to restart immigration talks with Cuba

MIAMI (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba will resume immigration talks next month after a break of more than two years, the State Department said on Wednesday. The announcement of the migration talks, due to restart on July 17, comes as Cuban and U.S. officials are meeting in Washington…

Cuba nets billions each year by hiring out its doctors to Asia, Africa and Latin America

HAVANA — Cuba is out to boost its top export, an ever-more critical pillar of its economy. And it’s not sugar: hired-out Cuban doctors earn the Communist government over six billion dollars a year. Medical services exports “are now the leading source of hard-currency income for the nation, and have…

Court to re-examine DNA evidence in Amanda Knox case

Contradictions and illogical conclusions in the ruling that freed US student Amanda Knox from jail mean DNA evidence will be re-examined from scratch and witnesses may be re-heard, her lawyer said Tuesday. “We were very surprised, we took it very badly,” Luciano Ghirga said in reference to a damning report…

Dolce and Gabbana jailed over tax evasion

An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced fashion house duo Dolce and Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for tax evasion of around one billion euros ($1.33 billion), according to media reports. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were found guilty of having transferred control of their brands to…

Miss Algeria competition restarts after a ten-year hiatus

After an absence of 10 years, the Miss Algeria beauty contest is to resume on Friday in the western city of Oran, organisers said. A total of 20 women aged between 18 and 26 have been carefully selected from Algeria’s main cities to line up for the beauty pageant, co-organiser…

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